PROTEST DEADLINE - DECEMBER 14, 2002
|Below is a letter submitted by BV Mayor Kenyon Courtney|
December 4, 2002
Ms. Sharon Manzella Tirpak
The City of Bayou Vista has reviewed the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Texas Citys Proposed Shoal Point Container Terminal (FEIS), received November 15, 2002. We have previously submitted our comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) by letter dated February 15, 2002, to Colonel D. Waterworth. In that letter, we specifically stated the deficiencies and unsubstantiated conclusions and findings in the DEIS regarding container truck traffic impact analysis and traffic safety issues. We also documented a lack of alternative truck route analysis, truck route mitigation proposals and analyses, and the total absence of quality of life impact analysis and reduction of personal property value analysis for the City of Bayou Vista and the City of La Marque Omega Bay subdivision.
We find the FEIS to be non-responsive to all of our DEIS concerns, comments and requests for further discussion and analysis of alternatives and mitigative measures concerning container truck routes and all associated human and environmental impacts, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Because the FEIS continues to be non-responsive to our previous DEIS concerns and requests for further analysis of this most important and critical quality of life impacting proposal, we believe the FEIS conclusions and findings to be arbitrary and capricious and in violation of NEPA.
We therefore request the Corps of Engineers (COE) to not grant this permit to the City of Texas City for the Proposed Shoal Point Container Terminal. Until all of our concerns and request for further analysis of alternative truck routes and critical quality of life impacts are properly and justifiably addressed, we will continue to oppose the COE issuance of this permit.
If you have questions, please call me at the City of Bayou Vista City Hall, (409) 935-8348.
Mayor, City of Bayou Vista
cc: Governor Rick Perry
U. S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson
U. S. Representative Nick Lampson
Texas State Senator Mike Jackson
Texas State Representative Larry Taylor
Galveston County Judge James D. Yarbrough
Galveston County Commissioner Eddie Janek
Mayor Veta Winick City of Dickinson
Mayor Roger Quiroga City of Galveston
Mayor Kyle Campbell City of Hitchcock
Mayor William E. King City of Kemah
Mayor Larry Crow City of La Marque
Mayor Jeff Harrison City of League City
Mayor Robert Cheek City of Santa Fe
Mayor Robin Riley City of Seabrook
Mayor Carlos Garza City of Texas City
Mayor Charles Everts Village of Tiki Island
Galveston County MUD #12 Board of Directors
Bayou Vista City Council
Ellis Ortego Bayou Vista City Attorney
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|USACE, Galveston District
P.O. Box 1229
Galveston, Texas 77553
Attn. Ms. Sharon Tirpak
Subject: Shoal Point Container Terminal
It seems as though our previous letters and comments have been ignored.
Our concerns are for the safety and well being of all who live in, and visit the Omega Bay and Bayou Vista subdivisions. Once the traffic begins to pile up at exit #7 off I-45 South, it will be too late. We have all seen the projected number of trucks which will enter and leave the port on a daily basis, and have been informed that the route proposed is almost right through our neighborhood. In meetings, TX DOT representatives have calculated the impact on traffic and human lives and the numbers are not acceptable.
In addition to personal safety, the noise and air pollution will affect our quality of life. This will in turn, affect the value of our property. This too, is unacceptable.
We are not opposed to the facility; we just want the trucks routed a different way.
Please consider this our form of civil disobedience, and our opposition to the proposed truck route.
(Your name goes here.)
(letter submitted by Billie Moore)
|Here are the
addresses to the elected officials that
individuals may wish to write concerning Shoal's Point
|Governor/The Honorable Rick Perry
Texas Capital Building
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711
The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchinson
The Honorable Nick Lampson
The Honorable Mike Jackson
The Honorable Larry Taylor
The Honorable James D. Yarborough
The Honorable Eddie Janek
The Honorable Veta Winick
The Honorable Roger Quiroga
The Honorable Kyle Campbell
The Honorable William E. King
The Honorable Larry E. Crow, Sr.
The Honorable Jeff Harrison
The Honorable Robert Cheek
The Honorable Robin Riley
The Honorable Carlos Garza
The Honorable Charles Everts
Galveston County MUD #12 Board of Directors
Bayou Vista Board of Aldermen
Mr. Ellis Ortego
|In addition to our letters to the Corp of Engineers regarding Shoal Point,
we should each
E-mail Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison asking her to interceed with the Corp of Engineers on our behalf. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org/
E-mails should be individually worded but should include our concerns for safety,
We have attacked the Corp at the local level but lets go after them from the top making it clear that we are not opposed to the new facility but want a dedicated alternate route in the package before permits are issued.
Submitted on the message board by Mack McKnight
LINK TO THE US ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS
MORE ADDRESSES TO WRITE TO
Anyone that is interested in writing a letter regarding the Shoal Point Terminal.
(Information submitted by Janese Williams from BV Message Board)
Thanks again for the method by which we can express views and opinions and
get the word out about the impending disaster that seems to be coming to pass
even over our personal appearances and letters voicing, in a diplomatic way, our\
reasons for being very fearful of the truck route planned to access the container
port in Texas City.
In a hearing hosted by Texas City and the Corps of Engineers, several folks
from Bayou Vista and Omega Bay spoke about the devastating effect this planned
truck route would have on our communities. We were courteous, respectful, and
right on target about how badly this traffic will have on the quality of life we all enjoy
It appears that we were given lip service by some of our elected officials of the
county and by the Corp of Engineers spokesman as well as by some officials of
Texas City. It seems as though there is no concern anywhere on our behalf. We
must make an impact, at least on the people in our community and Omega Bay,
the GREAT IMPORTANCE of blocking this truck route project, if not the entire
project at Shoal Point.
TO THE PEOPLE OF BAYOU VISTA AND OMEGA BAY------DON'T SIT ON
YOUR DUFFS AND EXPECT THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE OK AND THAT
SOMEONE ELSE WILL HANDLE THIS SITUATION----NOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Please take the responsibility of your future and the value of your invest-
ment in your property and become actively involved in protesting vigor-
ously to stop this truck route plan.
As more information becomes available, it will be posted.
This is not someone else's big problem--IT"S YOURS-Help your-
self by being informed and helping STOP this plan.
Trust me on this--I am not CHICKEN LITTLE!
|This will ruin the fishing in that part of the bay.I do
not think we should
be telling people we think the project is well conceived except for the
traffic.the runoff from shoals point and the sites to dump the dredge-spoil
will eliminate the best wade-fishing for that part of the bay.Texas City has
hid this project purposely.A lot of the people I talk to think the container
port was defeated with the Galveston-Houston port merger or the only
containerport will be at Bayport. We should be completely against it.
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